Meet The Team

This is the page about us – theGIST team. We are always more than happy to answer your questions, so don’t be shy. For general enquiries, please contact

HEAD OF STRATHCLYDE/EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: Katrina Wesencraft

– Working on her PhD in Optical Medical Imaging with Healthcare Innovation.
– Main point of contact for University of Strathclyde.
– Loves science puns.
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HEAD OF GLASGOW/EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: Kirstin Leslie

– A Public Health and Precision Medicine PhD student.
– Manages feature submissions and the editing process.
– Spends her days telling people she is going to ‘eat less sugar’ and then proceeds to have cheesecake for breakfast, reading, surfing twitter, practicing yoga, and going out for dinner.
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SUBMISSIONS EDITOR: Ailish McCafferty

– A 3rd year Immunology student at the University of Glasgow.
– Supports the Submissions Editor in managing the article submissions process.
– Spends her spare time exploring all the eateries Glasgow has to offer and trying to fit in cinema trips to see as many films as she can; from the good to the absolutely terrible, she doesn’t discriminate.
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DEPUTY SUBMISSIONS EDITOR: Desislava Arabadzhiyska

– Does a PhD in Neuroscience and is interested in how we make decisions.
– Supports the Submissions Editor in managing the article submissions process.
– She enjoys hiking and travelling, and she pretends to know how to play the guitar.
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SNIPPETS EDITOR: Frankie MacPherson

– 4th year Chemistry with Medicinal Chem MSci student, currently in Lyon for a placement year.
– Handles snippet submissions and editing.
– Frankie loves music, writing, and reading, as well as travelling and exploring new cities and cultures.
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DEPUTY SNIPPETS EDITOR: Alex Brumwell

– Zoology undergrad student at the University of Glasgow.
– Assists in snippet editing and submissions.
– Alex is one of those people who embraces the stereotypes of her degree: animal-obsessed and science-obsessed with just a tad of awkward nerdiness.
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HEAD OF COPY-EDITING: Deep Bandivadekar

– Doing his PhD in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Strathclyde and is crazy about rockets, reentry vehicles and outer space.
– Oversees and delegates copy-editing.
– Deep loves everything science and technology. He doesn’t understand jokes, goes skydiving and hiking once in a while and is a self-confessed grammar Nazi.
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DEPUTY HEAD OF COPY-EDITING: Vaiva Gikaite

– A master’s student in Psychological Science at the University of Glasgow.
– Assists the Head of Copy-editing with management of feature editing and delegation.
– Vaiva’s undergrad in Sports Science made her evangelical about how magical exercise is. When not at the gym, scaling climbing walls, or hanging upside down she likes to cook and binge watch Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
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HEAD OF MULTIMEDIA: Iona Macwhirter-Harley

– A Politics & Religious Studies undergrad student at the University of Glasgow.
– Responsible for video and podcast production.
– Very confused about how she ended up here but incredibly happy to come along for the ride. Childhood idols include Britney Spears and Dr Bunhead.
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HEAD OF EVENTS & FINANCE: Miriam Scarpa

– Translational Pharmacology PhD student at the University of Glasgow, investigating drug targets for Alzheimer’s disease
– Sources and deals with funding for events, activities, and the magazine.
– Miriam will always have a to-do-list on hand for her day, besides, she loves dancing and Netflixing (sometimes at the same time!). And yeah, she’s obsessed with her cats Shadow and Sansa Stark.
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HEAD OF SOCIAL MEDIA: Adam Ogwu

– Studying Practical Science Communication at a postgraduate level at the University of Cambridge.
– Responsible for theGIST communication via Newsletters, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, & Instagram.
– Loves using emojis on social media!
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SOCIAL MEDIA DEPUTY: Katie Watt

– 4th year Immunology student at the University of Glasgow.
– Assists the head with theGIST communication via Newsletters, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, & Instagram.
– Katie loves looking up a recipe for dinner and then completely ignoring it to invent something herself. She is obsessed with superhero movies and likes to act like she exercises.
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HEAD OF DESIGN: Kilian Kleemann

– 3rd year Molecular and Cellular Biology student at the University of Glasgow.
– Responsible for poster and magazine layout, and designing promotional materials for social media.
– Kilian is excited to share the great variety of insights into science and technology from and for our community with engaging designs.
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DEPUTY HEAD OF DESIGN: Iyan Babar

– Currently a PhD student at Glasgow Caledonian University investigating novel therapeutic targets for the treatment of Spinal Muscular Atrophy.
– Assists the head with layout and design of the magazine, posters and promotional materials.
– Roxanna has four main passions in life: science, art, rap, puns and cats. She is also bad at maths.
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HEAD OF WEB: Ross Laidlaw

– Undergraduate Immunology student at the University of Glasgow.
– Manages the website, server, email, and related submissions processes/pages.
– Massive film nerd who genuinely finds election night exciting, likes to think he can play the keyboard, and has an unhealthy penchant for Tesco’s 79p salt and vinegar crisps.
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